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Bill Requiring Schools to Alert Parents of Instruction on Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity heads to Gov. Lee

A Tennessee bill requiring school districts to alert parents of any instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity and let them opt their student out is heading to Republican Gov. Bill Lee. The legislation cleared its last hurdle in the GOP-supermajority Legislature with a 64-23 House vote Wednesday. The Senate approved the bill last week. …

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Gov Lee wants Two-Week Sales Tax Holiday on Restaurants, Bars and Groceries

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is proposing a $100 million, two-week sales tax holiday on restaurants, bars and groceries, as his administration looks to divvy up hundreds of millions of dollars in extra spending due to better-than-expected revenues during the COVID-19 pandemic. On Tuesday, the Republican’s finance team presented a budget amendment to his $42 billion …

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Correction: Only One Vote Needed; Manchester Votes to Annex ‘The Farm’ (Bonnaroo)

Bonnaroo is moving to Manchester. You might say to yourself, it’s always been in Manchester, right? Technically it is held on a farm in Coffee County just outside the city limits. The Manchester Board of Mayor and Alderman on Tuesday night approved a resolution to annex the land where Bonnaroo is held. Alderman Ryan French …

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Amtrak’s 2035 plan would bring Train through Local Area

Amtrak says a new route in its long-range plans would connect Savannah, Georgia to Nashville, Tennessee with stops in Atlanta and Chattanooga. The map shows the rail running through Manchester as it makes its way to and from Nashville. The routes are among several nationwide proposed by Amtrak after President Joe Biden announced his sweeping …

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New Bill Blocks Transgender Students from Playing Sports in Middle and High Schools

Tennessee state lawmakers passed a bill Monday that would prohibit transgender middle and high school athletes from participating in sports based on their gender identity. The Tennessee House approved the measure in a 71–16 vote. The legislation was approved by the Senate earlier this month. The bill “requires, for the purposes of participation in a middle school or …

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A Legal Helping Hand for People With Criminal Records

By Iska Hoole, Legal Aid Society Not everyone can relate to the challenges of people with criminal records or view them as a vulnerable population. Their struggles often go unseen or are misunderstood. Some Tennesseans may not realize that they themselves are likely to have a neighbor, co-worker, friend or family member with a criminal …

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Coffee County Commission selects New County Court Clerk, District 3 Commissioner and Blocks Rock Quarry

Coffee County Commission met on Tuesday night for full commission meeting. Commissioners voted not to approve the latest proposal for a rock quarry in the county. Hawkins Asphalt from Bedford County wants to build a quarry on privately owned land in Beechgrove. The proposal to re-zone the land to operate the quarry was denied. In …

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Bill Banning Transgender Athletes from participating in Girls’ Sports moves forward

Tennessee’s GOP-dominant Senate advanced legislation Monday that would ban transgender athletes from participating in girls’ sports. The bill has been heavily criticized by Democrats and civil rights advocates, who have warned that Tennessee will likely face costly legal challenges. According to the bill, student athletes would be required to prove that their sex matches that …

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Openly Gay Republican Lawmaker Warns Proposed Transgender Bill could be bad Business

The state’s only openly gay Republican lawmaker, Rep. Eddie Mannis, a Republican from Knoxville recently warned his fellow GOP colleagues that legislation to ban transgender athletes from participating in girls’ sports would likely result in vulnerable students being marginalized. Adding it could also harm Tennessee’s ability to recruit athletes and businesses. Mannis’ remarks stand out …

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Coffee County Judge L. Craig Johnson Retiring

Judge L. Craig Johnson said in a media release that he was formally announcing his retirement as Circuit Court Judge for the 14th Judicial District, located in Coffee County effective the first part of May, 2021. First, I want to express my appreciation to the people of Coffee County who have continually voted for me …

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